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Locum Consultant Dermatologist


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Fixed term: 6 months
Part time - 8 sessions per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Dermatology Level 5
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Salary period
03/11/2021 23:59

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Job overview

We are looking for two dynamic and forward-thinking consultants to join the Dermatology team.You will be joining us at an exciting and innovative time as we develop our services. 

You will join 4 other consultants who form a motivated and cohesive group of dermatologists. The department of dermatology at the Whittington provides services to patients from across North Central London as well as other clinical commissioning groups from the surrounding areas.

It has its own dedicated phototherapy and photodynamic therapy suite and two equipped outpatient theatres. It provides general and community dermatology services as well as several specialist clinics in paediatric dermatology, vulval disorders jointly with gynaecology and immunobullous diseases. The weekly paediatric dermatology service takes place in a dedicated paediatric outpatient department and is supported by paediatric medical and nursing staff.


Main duties of the job

Please see the Job Description and the Persons Specification for further details about the job role. If you are unable to access the PDF, the details of the job description can also be found in the 'Detailed Job Description and Main responsibilities' section

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Applications are invited for the substantive post of Consultant Dermatologist at Whittington Health NHS Trust Health NHs Trust. This post is a fixed term post comprising 8 programmed activities with clinics in general adult dermatology, paediatric dermatology, teledermatology and skin cancer screenings.

The Department of Dermatology is a core service within the Integrated Clinical Service Unit of Surgery & Cancer (ICSU).  The Department of Dermatology at Whittington Health NHS Trust serves the populations of Haringey, Islington and Camden directly and sees patients from across London through the NHS Choose and Book service. It manages approximately 15,000 patient attendances annually.

There are currently four substantive dermatology consultants and one locum dermatology consultant in the department, Dr Chris Duhovic (Clinical Lead), Dr Kathy Taghipour (Skin Cancer lead), Dr Ben Esdailie, and Dr Efrossini Carras. The medical team is supported by three Registrars, a GP trainee, two dermatology nurses (one of whom is a Dermatology Clinical Nurse Specialist) and a Health Care Assistant.

We offer general dermatology clinics and a range of specialist clinics including:

  • Two Week Wait Skin Cancer Clinics including complex surgery – run by Dr Taghipour, Dr Esdaile and Dr Duhovic
  • A Vulval clinic in conjunction with The Department for Women’s Health (for female genital skin problems) – run by Dr Taghipour and Mr Ashfaq Khan
  • Paediatric dermatology clinic (a dedicated children’s clinic) – run by Dr Carras
  • An Immunobullous clinic (blister clinic) run by Dr Taghipour
  • A Patch Test Clinic (for detecting allergic contact dermatitis) – run by Dr Duhovic
  • A Keloid injection clinic – run by Sister Akwa-Otu
  • A Roaccutane clinic (for severe acne) – run by Dr Esdaile


The department has set up a One stop Skin Cancer Screening Service that was highlighted for outstanding practice in our latest CQC report. The department has a well-established set-up for out-patient and day case surgery with sole access to out-patient theatres.

For over 20 years the Clinical Nurse Specialist and Staff Nurse have run the department’s phototherapy service. This includes UVB light treatment for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as autoimmune conditions such as vitiligo, UVA treatment for conditions such as psoriasis and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for superficial skin cancers and sun induced damage. We see 30 patients a day, for 2 or 3 days a week, in 2-month cycles seeing 180 patients a year.

The Department of Dermatology is highly involved in delivering high quality medical education to a wide audience from undergraduate medical students from University College London to postgraduate education for trainee Dermatologists and General Practitioners. Medical students are attached to the Department of Dermatology for 4 weeks at a time during which they receive a range of teaching from seminars on the basics of dermatology to clinic-based teaching in our general dermatology clinics and during skin surgery. We also teach local General Practitioners who want to take the Diploma in Dermatology and support them to maintain the standard of their practice after they have done so.

The Department of Dermatology is actively involved in clinical research and currently has several clinical trials.

The new appointee will undertake sessions in general dermatology, skin cancer, paediatrics and teledermatology. The Surgery & Cancer ICSU is keen to extend its research programme in the field of dermatology and will assist in applying for research grants where appropriate. We have a dedicated research team who assists with clinical trials. It is of particular importance to the Trust that the post holders foster excellent collaborative working relationships with local GPs, both individually and through the CCGs.  The post holder should be willing to assist and support the expansion of the teledermatology services.

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Referrals to Dermatology are increasing in number and the Trust will expect the appointee to manage these clinics so that access time is minimised and that the patient charter and other required standards and targets are met.  The Department will be expected to work to achieve the national requirement that all urgent GP referrals of patients with suspected cancer are seen within 2 weeks of referral.

The dermatology clinic has a dedicated day care unit comprising a PUVA, TLO-1, Iontophoresis, Photodynamic therapy and two well-equipped minor operating theatres for local anaesthetic/day case reconstruction of skin cancers.  The Specialist Dermatology Nursing team deliver cryotherapy, carry out skin biopsies, patch testing, iontophoresis and wound dressings, are also involved with delivering photodynamic therapy & phototherapy.  the nursing team also assist in surgery and share the increasing workload. They provide support to the in-patient wards as necessary to ensure appropriate specialist dermatology nursing care is delivered.  We aim to continue to develop an outpatient/ambulatory service in line with modern dermatological practice and the Trust strategic direction.

There is currently a Dermatology office with a dermatology secretary situated in the Jenner Building, Whittington Hospital.  Suitable office accommodation has been secured for the new appointee near the secretary. The standard template for a general clinic is 6 news and 6 follow ups.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Entry on the GMC Specialist Register
  • CCT (proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of interview)
  • An appropriate higher degree Dermatology
  • The post holder should hold the MRCP(UK) or an equivalent qualification.
Desirable criteria
  • Full GMC Registration Entry on the GMC Specialist Register via CCT (proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of interview) CESR or European Community Rights An appropriate higher degree Dermatology The post holder should hold the MRCP(UK) or an equivalent qualification. An appropriate higher degree (e.g., An MD, PhD or equivalent).

Special Interest

Essential criteria
  • Wide range of skills and knowledge of dermatology techniques and procedures appropriate to the services and complementary to the existing team
  • Paediatric Dermatology
Desirable criteria
  • An enthusiasm to safely develop new skills and techniques to enhance the dermatology service
  • Experience of setting up and running biologics clinics.


Essential criteria
  • An interest and proven ability to teach medical students, junior medical staff and non –medical staff
Desirable criteria
  • An understanding of current issues in medical education
  • Possession of a teaching qualification/ attendance at a recognised teaching course

communication skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and patients both verbally and written

Management ability

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of the ability to lead a team (evidenced by teams you have led, ideas you have brought to fruition)
  • Commitment to effective departmental management involvement in wider Trust issues which may impact on the speciality and the department
Desirable criteria
  • Proven management experience
  • Ability to develop, present and plan the implementation of coherent ideas for service development
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Chris Duhovic
Job title
Consultant Dermatologist and Clinical Lead
Email address
Additional information

Informal Discussions welcomed by:

Dr Chris Duhovic, Consultant Dermatologist and Clinical Lead at chris.duhovic@nhs.net

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
020 7288 3254